Thursday, 20 June 1968
Dáil Eireann Debate
Dr. O'Connell: asked the Minister for Local Government if approval has been given by his Department for the swimming pool in Crumlin, Dublin; if so, when the project will commence; the number he envisages such a pool will cater for; when work will be completed; the total number of hours per day and days per week that this pool will not be restricted to club membership but open to the general public; and if he considers that one such pool will be adequate for the needs of the populace of the area.
I could not say at this stage when the project is likely to be commenced or be completed. It will be for the Corporation to consider in due course whether the pool now proposed will meet the needs of the area. Arrangements as to the hours and days of opening, etc., of swimming pools are also matters for the corporation to decide.
Dr. O'Connell: Is the Minister not aware and will he not agree that there is a grave need for a swimming pool in Dublin, especially in the Crumlin area, where there are over 71,000 people, and that this is being put on the long finger for years? Is he aware that now when we are talking of having it approved, he is still waiting and there is still further delay? Is he aware that there was a terrible tragedy just a week  ago, due to the fact that there was no swimming pool——
Dr. O'Connell: asked the Minister for Local Government the number of persons catered for by the present swimming pools in Dublin city; and the number of hours per day and days per week which the present swimming  pools, which were financed with public moneys, are available to the general public and not restricted to club members.
Mr. Moore: asked the Minister for Local Government the number of swimming pool projects which he has approved; and whether he intends to make additional capital allocations in respect of further pools in the near future.
Mr. Boland: I have already indicated to the appropriate local authorities that I would be prepared to consider the allocation of capital towards the erection of pools at Dublin city— two pools—Ballinasloe, Carlow, Ennis, Enniscorthy, Kilkenny, Mallow, Naas, Tipperary and Tuam, subject to agreement on relevant factors such as design, cost, local contribution, etc. for each pool. I have also tentative commitments in respect of pools at Galway and at Williamstown, Dún Laoghaire.
Having regard to the large amount of public capital involved in these pools —approximately £400,000—and the necessity to conserve capital for other essential services I could not feel justified in taking on further commitments in respect of additional pools until reasonable progress has been made with the pools already agreed.
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